MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #383: $4.99, 8 ½” x 11”, copied, 128 pgs.

Jul 27, 2015

Here’s something different from Old Faithful. Well, the regular columns, reviews, and smudgy record label ads are still here, but the interviews have been replaced in this issue with comics and illustrations by an impressive range of international artists. This zine prides itself on being diverse to a fault, and the art issue is no different. Collage, scratchy line drawings, intricately beautiful portraits, absolute smut—there’s something for everyone. Content ranges from snarky punk commentary to surreal symbology to horrifying sci-fi. This is sure to be a hit for anyone who ever trawls those comic anthologies for new artists, even those who haven’t kept up with this newsprint pillar of DIY culture. Honestly, this is worth seeking out for Jeff Mahannah’s fucking hilarious strip alone. Also comes with a fold-out poster of an illustration that quite accurately captures the feeling of a certain kind of house show every band has played at one point or another: “Should we play another song?” “Does it even matter?” Spot on. I kind of appreciate this issue more than I thought I ever would appreciate a newMRR issue again. No offense to my punk-as-fuck, Borders-shoplifting former self, circa ninth grade. –Indiana Laub (Maximum Rock’n’roll, PO Box 460760, San Francisco, CA 94146-0760)